Argentina Blames Patchy Pitch for Sluggish Display in Copa America Win Over Canada

Argentina Blames Patchy Pitch for Sluggish Display in Copa America Win Over Canada
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Argenti­na secured a nar­row 2–0 vic­to­ry over Cana­da in the Copa Amer­i­ca but their per­for­mance left much to be desired. Coach Lionel Scaloni attrib­uted the lack­lus­ter dis­play to the poor qual­i­ty of the pitch at Atlanta’s Mer­cedes-Benz Stadium.

Just two days before the game, the sta­di­um under­went a last-minute con­ver­sion from arti­fi­cial turf to grass, sig­nif­i­cant­ly impact­ing Argenti­na’s play­ing style. Scaloni lament­ed, “We knew about the venue for months, and the grass change two days pri­or dis­rupts the game. It’s not ide­al for the spectacle.”

Goal­keep­er Emil­iano Mar­tinez echoed the coach’s sen­ti­ments, describ­ing the pitch as “bumpy” and unsuit­ed to Argenti­na’s pref­er­ence for a “slip­pery and quick” play­ing surface.

Despite the chal­lenges, Argenti­na emerged vic­to­ri­ous with goals from Julian Alvarez and Lau­taro Mar­tinez, both assist­ed by Lionel Messi.

Cana­da coach Jesse Marsch, while dis­ap­point­ed by the lengthy sec­ond-half delay caused by Argenti­na, acknowl­edged his team’s strong show­ing. “We pushed them hard, could have tak­en the lead. Impor­tant­ly, we proved we can com­pete with these top teams,” Marsch said.

Argenti­na will look to bounce back with a more con­vinc­ing per­for­mance against Chile at the MetLife Sta­di­um next Tuesday.

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